The LSU football program landed its first commitment for the class of 2031 when it received a nonverbal commitment from a yet-to-be-named baby boy referred to in scouting reports as PN-LA584M.
“Baby 584,” as he has become known among Louisiana recruiting gurus, is expected to be born in June.
Although prenatal commitments are nonbinding under NCAA regulations, the 25-week-old fetus signified his commitment to LSU by kicking when asked the question “Do you like LSU?”
Rivals.com rates him as a “5 pacifer” prospect and as the No. 1 running back/linebacker prospect in the prenatal class of 2031.
Soon after LSU received its commitment, the Alabama Crimson Tide followed close behind to make its own in-house visit to Baby 584 and also claims to have received a kick in response to “Roll Tide Roll.”
In recent genetic testing at the Fetal College Football Combine, Baby 584 was projected to be 6 feet 2 inches tall and 230 pounds by the time he is an eighth-grader, at which time he will be running the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds. Rivals.com rates him as a “5 pacifer” prospect and as the No. 1 running back/linebacker prospect in the prenatal class of 2031.
Although coaches cannot comment on specific recruits, coach Les Miles said, “I think the pieces of the process that we have accomplished and the upside shows a very comfortable and serious want for sustained enjoyment and celebration of victory.”
One recruiting expert predicts fetus recruiting soon will be the norm.
“The top-tier football programs like LSU and Alabama are all looking for any kind of edge they can get in the recruiting process. They can no longer afford to wait until an exceptional athlete enters high school or is even born to offer him a scholarship,” ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said. “The days when recruiters spend lots of time watching reels of film on a prospect are becoming a thing of the past. Genetic testing is the wave of the future.”
Lemming also predicts the NCAA eventually will lift its ban on genetic engineering.
“I see the LSU football program and the school of agriculture working hand in hand to develop the kind of human product LSU fans can be proud of,” he said.